23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: London

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online visit planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 25th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and get outside with Jetryder.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Hamilton Island are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cairns (Scuba & Snorkeling, Esplanade Boardwalk, & more). Spend the 31st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cairns, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane attractions app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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